the server is there for the express purpose of being hacked... Beer hacked it... perhaps he went a little overboard with his methods.
No call for a witch-hunt here.
For all we know, the server is diskless -- just a custom boot CD -- in which case all the admin has to do is reset it. Only minimal effort. If I was going to ask people to hack my server, I'd be darn sure beforehand that I could rebuild it by disk image or
some such trick.
Don't try to justify his actions. The server was there, open and WITH A CLEAR SET OF RULES.
Disregarding the rules just to "win" something is not exactly what I call honorable or even "right".
The fact that he's not even trying to apologize is just proof he is devoid of any ethos and thus he has no right to criticize other for the same thing.
Until he realizes this and sends an apology email to mr. Coker, everything he says will be seen filtered through his actions. Any accusation of bad ethos or corporate wrongdoing will be turned back against him.
Sorry, people do stupid things sometimes, but only stupid people fail to realize that.